• Short Summary

    EXCITED CROWDS GAVE COMMANDER SCOTT CARPENTER A HERO'S WELCOME MAY 27 WHEN HE RETURNED TO CAPE CANAVERAL, U.

  • Description

    1.
    LV SPACE CAPSULE WITH CROWDS IN FOREGROUND
    0.03

    2.
    GV SPACE CAPSULE PAN TO SCOTT CARPENTER WALKING TON TO DAAS GOT PRESS CONFERENCE AND WAVING TO REPORTERS.
    0.23

    3.
    SV CARPENTERS WIFE AND DAUGHTER
    0.27

    4.
    SV CARPENTER RECEIVES MEDAL FROM WEBB
    0.36

    5.
    GV DITTO, THEN ZOOMING BACK TO CROWD APPLAUDING
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    6.
    CU CARPENTER'S MOTHER
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    7.
    CU CARPENTER AWAITING START OF PRESS CONFERENCE
    0.53

    8.
    CU CARPENTER STARTS SPEAKING.
    2.50


    SOF IN "I BELIEVE THAT THOSE PARTICLES...."



    SOF OUT ......ONLY THE FAULT OF AN IMPATIENT MAN"


    9.
    GV PRESS CONFERENCE
    2.54


    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 8: CARPENTER: "I BELIEVE THAT THESE PARTICLES CAME FROM THE CAPSULE. JOHN (GLENN) AND I ARGUES AT SOME LENGTH ABOUT HIS. HE BELIEVES THAT HIS PARTICLES WERE LUMINOUS - MY PARTICLES WERE NOT. ON THE THIRD ORBIT SOUTH OF HAWAII, MY COUNT AT THE DEBRIEFING, THERE WERE SIX THINGS GOING ON ALL AT ONE; TIME, ALL OF WHICH WERE IMPORTANT. ONE OF THEM WAS THE PRERETROGRADE COMMUNICATOR AT HAWAII. THIS WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TIME I WAS EVALUATING THE FIREFLIES, UNWRAPPING THE HATCH, AND TRYING TO GET SOME PICTURES AND SOME AUTOMETER READINGS. I HAD ALIGNED THE CAPSULE AGAIN IN THE PROPER ATTITUDE AND WAS EVALUATING THE A.S.C.S. PROBLEM. I WAS TRYING TO STOW THE EQUIPMENT. I WAS TRYING TO PHOTOGRAPH THE SUNRISE AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS. I UNDERSTAND THE REPORT CAME FROM HAWAII THAT IT WAS A TIRED AND CONFUSED ASTRONAUT. IF MY OPINION; IS WORTH ANYTHING TO YOU, THIS IS NOT TRUE. I WILL ADMIT TO BEING PREOCCUPIED. IT WAS A VERY BUSY TIME. WE HAD MANY THINGS TO OBSERVE ON THIS FLIGHT. I WAS ANXIOUS TO DO THEM ALL, AND POSSIBLY IMPATIENT WITH THE TIME REQUIRED TO POINT THE CAPSULE IN ANOTHER DIRECTION TO SEE SOMETHING NEW. THE FUEL CONSUMPTION WAS NOT THE FAULT OF THE CAPSULE, ONLY THE FAULT OF AN IMPATIENT MAN"




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    Background: EXCITED CROWDS GAVE COMMANDER SCOTT CARPENTER A HERO'S WELCOME MAY 27 WHEN HE RETURNED TO CAPE CANAVERAL, U.S.A., FROM GRAND TURK ISLAND, WHERE HE HAD BEEN UNDER MEDICAL EXAMINATION SINCE HIS SPACE FLIGHT MAY 24. ON SHOW AT THE BASE WHEN HE ARRIVES AS "AURORA 7" -THE SPACE CAPSULE HE HAD LAST SEEN IN MID-ATLANTIC. "IT BEHAVED LIKED A JEWEL", HE SAID.

    ASTRONAUT CARPENTER'S WIFE AND FAMILY, WHOM HE HAD NOT SEEN SINCE BEFORE THE FLIGHT, WERE THERE TO SEE HIM RECEIVE THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION'S DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NASA, MR. JAMES WEBB.

    THE COMMANDER CARPENTER RECOUNTED TO THE PRESS SOME OF THE MOMENTS HE LIVE THROUGH DURING HIS THREE ORBITS OF THE WORLD:
    IT HAD BEEN REVEALED BY AMERICAN SPACE OFFICIALS THAT DAY THAT DURING THE FLIGHT COMMANDER CARPENTER FAILED TO SWITCH OFF ONE OF THE CONTROL SYSTEMS BEFORE FIRING THE RETRO ROCKETS THAT BROUGHT HIS CAPSULE. BACK INTO THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE. THIS WAS THOUGHT TO EXPLAIN WHY THE FUEL SUPPLY REACHED A DANGEROUSLY LOW LEVEL DURING THE RE-ENTRY STAGE.

    BUT THE ERROR WOULD NOT ACCOUNT FOR THE CAPSULE LANDING OVER 200 MILES FARTHER THAN WAS INTENDED. ACCORDING TO AN OFFICIAL THIS WAS DUE PRIMARILY TO THE INCORRECT ANGLE AT WHICH THE CRAFT WAS SET WHEN THE RETRO ROCKETS WERE FIRED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1BU86EWNU36SM4PXHNCQHKAXG
    Media URN:
    VLVA1BU86EWNU36SM4PXHNCQHKAXG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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